1. Don't Feel Restricted to Blonde Hair
While a lot of the holographic hair looks you’ll spy might feature a light, icy blonde base color, don’t think that you can’t try the trend on darker hair. As you’ll see below, these shades work on dirty blonde locks too. Our key tip is to make sure, if you’re working with a warmer blonde, you space highlights apart so the pastels can pop. BlondorPlex is perfect for this, as it strengthens the hair bonds in the process, while allowing you to achieve up to nine levels of lift.
2. Choose the Perfect Color Product
Good news: the Wella color portfolio features a wide array of pastel shades, or bolds that you can pastelize with the right amount of clear toner. From yellow to pink to blue hair, unlock this hot hair trend with your perfect product...
Opal-Essence by Illumina Color: A permanent pastel hair pioneer, Opal-Essence by Illumina Color features soft metallic toners, including Platinum Lily and Silver Mauve.
Koleston Perfect and Color Touch: Look to the Special Mix shades in the permanent Koleston Perfect and demi-permanent Color Touch portfolios. They feature a host of bold brights that you can pastelize with 0/00 Clear for iridescent colors that positively shine.
Color Fresh CREATE: This semi-permanent color collection, Color Fresh CREATE, is all-out vivid, with 10 pure vibrant shades to play with, plus a Tomorrow Clear additive for beautiful pastelization.
Shinefinity: For a holographic style that steers pink, purple and blue, there are a number of Shinefinity Color Glaze shades you can use. Some of our favorites include 00/89 Blue Booster and 00/66 Violet Booster.
3. Create Your Own Spectrum of Shades
Holographic manes are made up of a spectrum of pastel shades, usually featuring yellow, pink, blue, green and lavender. You can use as many or as few of these as you like for your own creations. Just make sure you place the right tones side by side to deliver maximum impact. For example, pastel pink and lilac may melt into one another when they're next to each other, but with a blue or yellow in between, they make more of a statement. Plan your tone placement ahead of painting by looking at pro examples (there are plenty below) or sketching on paper to figure out what works.